I decided to post something a little different today; a film review. I wanted to write a few more lifestyle type posts and about a few more things that I’m interested in. I knew as soon as I saw this film when I was up in Shetland that I wanted to share it on here but just didn’t have time to get it up before now.
Handsome Devil is a brilliant coming-of-age tale written and directed by John Butler which centres around two boys in an Irish boarding school.
Ned (Fionn O’Shea) is an artistically minded teen who feels that the rugby obsessed boarding school he attends is more like a prison. Despite his attempts to convince his dad and stepmother to let him leave he is forced to attend for another year.
With no interest in the sport that’s viewed as a religion at the school, Ned and anyone else that doesn’t know the difference between a ruck and a maul are automatically seen as outsiders and teased for being different.
When he’s told he has to share his room with the school’s newest arrival, Connor (Nicholas Galizine) he thinks his school year can only get worse.
Connor’s expulsion from his last school due to fighting is shrouded in mystery and being part of the rugby team he is far from Ned’s idea of a good roommate.
This leads Ned to the conclusion that a Berlin style wall to divide the room in half is the best way to avoid him. The wall comes down slowly as the two become unlikely friends brought together by a love of music.
It manages to have many funny moments while addressing the issues faced by young LGTB+ people at school.
The film features voice overs from Ned as he writes an essay for a national competition on his most embarrassing moment.
There are excellent performances from the supporting cast including, Michael McElhatton as Walter Curly, the slightly clueless headmaster, Moe Dunford as Pascal the homophobic rugby coach and Andrew Scott as Dan Sherry the understanding and inspiring English teacher.
Dan Sherry reminiscent of Mr Keating in the Dead Poets Society however is much less idealised and gives the boys advice which he has yet to take himself.
It’s a well-paced movie with plenty of funny relatable parts and overall appears to reject the notion of labelling.
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